Gap Year Blog

Student stories from the road and gap year advice

Poke around to find inspiration or search for a specific destination, module, or piece of advice.

Rising seniors: 5 must-dos to plan for your gap
Written by Rebecca Barr

Use the summer before your senior year to get a jump-start on your gap year plans! From college applications to sports, and from AP exams…

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Why taking EF’s Gap Semester abroad was the best decision I ever made
Written by Sophie Tangel

After my first year of college, I couldn’t imagine going through the same experience for the next 3 years ​in a row​. I was already…

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It’s college decision time. Here are 5 good reasons to take a gap year instead.
Written by EF Gap Year

Now is when you’re hearing back from colleges and thinking about your next big step toward the future. You’re lucky if you’ve already gotten into…

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I grew up believing there was a linear path.
Written by Hannah S.

I grew up believing there was a linear path that I needed to follow if I wanted to live a successful life. Thanks to my…

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Culture-seekers, foodies, and fashionistas: Tokyo is calling!
Written by EF Gap Year

Tokyo, Japan is home to 13 million people and over 30 million in the greater Tokyo area where EF Gap Year students can see, smell,…

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A Study in Smiles
Written by Samantha D.

As a photographer, a traveler, and a curious mind, I had the opportunity of a lifetime. I got to travel the world for six months.…

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5 Tips for Blogging about Your Gap Year
Written by EF Gap Year

So, you’re going on a Gap Year and you want a way to tell everyone from your mom to your camp friends to your weird…

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Top 5 reasons guidance counselors recommend gap years
Written by EF Gap Year

Gap years between high school and college are commonly viewed as a rite of passage in countries around the globe, especially in Europe. Slowly, parents…

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The (unexpected) ways I grew from my gap year
Written by Camila O'Brien

Count on growth and change If you’re considering taking a gap year you probably expect to see some changes in yourself on the other side.…

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